46 Penny-Pinching Ways To Save A Lot Of Money This Year
1. Make your own lotion soap.
You can customize with different kinds of molds, food coloring, and scented essential oils. Get the directions here.
2. Don’t leave soap sitting in water.
It will dissolve 50% faster.
3. Make your own liquid hand wash from a bar of soap.
Get the directions here.
For foaming hand wash, re-fill the foaming dispenser with a mixture of one part dish soap (or body wash) and three parts water.
4. Make your own oily hair “dry cleaner.”
This recipe uses 2 very inexpensive ingredients: rubbing alcohol and corn starch.
5. Try the “No Poo” method of cleaning hair.
Some people have had great success eliminating the whole wash-and-condition hair regime. They claim it rejuvenates the hair shaft and fixes any dandruff issues. Instead of using shampoo, massage baking soda into the scalp to clarify and follow with an apple cider vinegar hair rinse. Conditioner is usually a lemon juice/vinegar mix.
Read more about it here.
6. Switch from coffee to tea.
Easier said than done, but tea bags are usually cheaper than coffee beans.
Always brew tea in a teapot to maximize a single tea bag. You won’t get the bitter taste that comes with reusing. Or, better yet, use loose tea leaves, which are meant to be reused.
7. Make your own convenience food kits.
Here’s a recipe on how to make homemade Hamburger Helper.
8. Learn how to make yogurt in a crock pot.
Click here for the full directions.
9. Make your own bread.
This artisanal bread costs only 40 cents a loaf and requires no kneading.
10. Pour your leftover wine into ice cube trays and use them for cooking.
11. Buy meat on sale and make freezer meals out of them.
You’ll save time in the long run. Here’s a comprehensive list of freezer meals.
For added convenience, pre-portion and label them before you freeze to make defrosting a breeze.
12. Reuse your leftover scraps of food.
Put any leftover kale and celery stalks through a juicer.
Here’s a list of things you can do with leftover orange peels, beef fat, and melon rinds.
13. Plant your green onion stubs — you’ll have a new bunch in just ten days.
The next time you’ve used up your green onions, put the white ends into a jar of water. They’ll start to grow almost immediately. This also works for celery stalks.
14. Make your own seasonings.
15. Make your own microwave popcorn.
Not only will you save money, but you can use real butter and the seasonings of your choice.
16. Use an app to help you save while grocery shopping.
Scan any item using a free app called Pushpin and automatically save with digital coupons.
17. Instead of eating out, learn how to make your favorite restaurant foods at home.
Check out this Pinterest board for recipes for a bunch of copycat recipes.
Here’s a good recipe for that famous ginger carrot dressing you get at sushi restaurants.
18. Make your own reusable Swiffer pads.
Check out the tutorial here.
19. Buy melamine foam instead of Magic Erasers.
20. Make your own laundry detergent.
A box of regular Tide costs $28 for 68 loads these days. Using this recipe, you can squeeze 96 loads out of $2.88.
21. Save electricity by using the rapid wash setting on your washing machine.
You’ll notice a difference in your electricity bill.
22. Never buy dryer sheets again.
Place a ball of aluminum foil in the dryer with your wet clothes. You can reuse it many, many times and it will remove static cling.
23. Instead of using paper towels, make your own cleaning cloths out of flour sacks.
There’s minimal sewing involved, and one flour sack makes 16 cloths.
24. Store your makeup-removing face wipes upside down, and cut them in half.
Storing them upside down will help them retain moisture. And they’ll go the extra mile if you cut each one in half.
25. Make mascara last 3x longer.
When it starts drying out, just add a couple drops of saline solution.
26. Squish your toilet paper rolls to avoid any wasteful unraveling.
This is especially helpful if you have kids who consistently use too much toilet paper.
27. Do your waxing at home.
Sally Hansen wax strips come with a $1 coupon in every box, so you’ll save even more money.
28. Sharpen a disposable razor on a pair of jeans and it’ll last up to 6 months.
Slide your razor across the entire length of jeans 10-20 times to take the nicks out of the blade. Then switch directions. Also, be sure to prevent oxidation/rust by keeping the razor dry between uses.
29. Repair your bras before buying a new one.
Don’t throw your bra out when the underwire starts coming out. Here’s an easy way to fix your bra in ten seconds with moleskin.
30. If you shop at Target, here are some tips:
“EVERY Target shopper NEEDS to know this: If the price ends in 8, it will be marked down again. If it ends in a 4, it’s the lowest it will be. Target’s mark down schedule. – MONDAY: Kids’ Clothing, Stationery (office supplies, gift wrap), Electronics. TUESDAY: Women’s Clothing and Domestics. WEDNESDAY: Men’s Clothing, Toys, Health and Beauty. THURSDAY: Lingerie, Shoes, Housewares. FRIDAY: cosmetics.”
Another Target tip: get Target coupons online and STACK them with manufacturers’ coupons.
31. Use GasBuddy.com to compare gas prices in your area.
Just enter in your zip code. It’s also available in app form.
32. If you’re an avid online shopper, use a service like eBates to get cash back.
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